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FedEx Corp. Reports First Quarter Earnings [Integrator]

FedEx Corp. reported earnings of $2.19 per diluted share ($2.51 per diluted share on an adjusted basis) for the first quarter ended August 31, compared to earnings of $2.65 per diluted share ($2.82 per diluted share on an adjusted basis) a year ago. Both as-reported and adjusted earnings reflect the estimated negative impact of the June 27 cyberattack affecting TNT Express ($0.79 per diluted share) and Hurricane Harvey ($0.02 per diluted share).

This year’s and last year’s quarterly consolidated earnings have been adjusted for:

Impact per diluted share First Quarter
Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017
TNT Express integration expenses $0.30 $0.17
FedEx Trade Networks legal matters 0.02 —

“The first quarter posed significant operational challenges due to the TNT Express cyberattack and Hurricane Harvey, and I want to thank our team members for their extraordinary dedication and performance,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. “We are confident of our prospects for long-term profitable growth, and we reaffirm our commitment to improve operating income at the FedEx Express segment by $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion in fiscal 2020 versus fiscal 2017.”

First Quarter Results

FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the first quarter (adjusted measures exclude the items listed above for the applicable fiscal year):

Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017
As Reported
(GAAP) Adjusted
(non-GAAP) As Reported
(GAAP) Adjusted
Revenue $15.3 billion $15.3 billion $14.7 billion $14.7 billion
Operating income $1.12 billion $1.24 billion $1.26 billion $1.33 billion
Operating margin 7.3% 8.1% 8.6% 9.1%
Net income $596 million $683 million $715 million $760 million
Diluted EPS $2.19 $2.51 $2.65 $2.82

Financial results during the quarter benefited from higher base rates at each of our transportation segments, which was more than offset by reduced revenue and increased expenses resulting from the TNT Express cyberattack, TNT Express integration expenses, higher costs at FedEx Ground, a higher tax rate, and the impact from Hurricane Harvey. Results also benefited from lower incentive compensation accruals.

The worldwide operations of TNT Express were significantly affected during the first quarter by the June 27 NotPetya cyberattack. Most TNT Express services resumed during the quarter and substantially all TNT Express critical operational systems have been restored. However, TNT Express volume, revenue and profit still remain below previous levels.


FedEx is unable to forecast the fiscal 2018 year-end mark-to-market (MTM) pension accounting adjustments. As a result, the company is unable to provide fiscal 2018 earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

The company is lowering its fiscal 2018 forecast due to the estimated full-year impacts of the TNT Express cyberattack. Before year-end MTM pension accounting adjustments, earnings are now projected to be $11.05 to $11.85 per diluted share for fiscal 2018. The earnings forecast before year-end MTM pension accounting adjustments and excluding expenses related to TNT Express integration and certain first quarter FedEx Trade Networks legal matters is now $12.00 to $12.80 per diluted share for fiscal 2018. These forecasts assume moderate economic growth and continued recovery from the cyberattack.

The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2018 remains $5.9 billion.

“The impact of the cyberattack on TNT Express and lower-than-expected results at FedEx Ground reduced our first quarter earnings,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer.

“We are currently executing plans to mitigate the full-year impact of these issues.”

2018 Rate Increases

As previously announced, effective January 1, 2018, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%. Effective January 22, 2018, dimensional weight pricing will apply to FedEx SmartPost shipments. Details related to these and additional changes to rates and surcharges are available at fedex.com/rates2018.

FedEx Express Segment

For the first quarter, the FedEx Express segment (which includes TNT Express) reported (adjusted measures exclude TNT Express integration expenses):

Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017
As Reported
(GAAP) Adjusted
(non-GAAP) As Reported
(GAAP) Adjusted
Revenue $8.65 billion $8.65 billion $8.46 billion $8.46 billion
Operating income $433 million $521 million $610 million $652 million
Operating margin 5.0% 6.0% 7.2% 7.7%

Revenue grew primarily due to higher U.S. domestic package base rates and strong international package growth, partially offset by the impact from the TNT Express cyberattack.

Operating results declined due to an estimated $300 million impact from the cyberattack, which was partially offset by the benefits from revenue growth, lower incentive compensation accruals and ongoing cost management initiatives. As-reported results include $88 million of TNT Express integration expenses.

FedEx Ground Segment

For the first quarter, the FedEx Ground segment reported:

Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017 Change
Revenue $4.64 billion $4.29 billion 8%
Operating income $626 million $610 million 3%
Operating margin 13.5% 14.2% (0.7 pts)

Revenue increased primarily due to average daily package volume growth of 4% and higher commercial service base rates.

Operating income grew 3% due to revenue growth and lower incentive compensation accruals, which offset continued network expansion and staffing costs, higher purchased transportation expenses and increased self-insurance reserves.

FedEx Freight Segment

For the first quarter, the FedEx Freight segment reported:

Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017 Change
Revenue $1.75 billion $1.66 billion 6%
Operating income $176 million $135 million 30%
Operating margin 10.0% 8.1% 1.9 pts

Revenue increased primarily due to higher base rates, increased weight per shipment and higher fuel surcharges. Average daily less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments grew 1% as the company continues its focus on revenue quality.

Operating results improved primarily due to the benefit from higher LTL revenue per shipment.

Corporate Overview

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $61 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

Additional information and operating data are contained in the company’s annual report, Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs, Form 8-Ks, Statistical Books and first quarter fiscal 2018 Earnings Presentation. These materials, as well as a webcast of the earnings release conference call to be held at 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 19, are available on the company’s website at investors.fedex.com. A replay of the conference call webcast will be posted on our website following the call.

The Investor Relations page of our website, investors.fedex.com, contains a significant amount of information about FedEx, including our Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings and financial and other information for investors. The information that we post on our Investor Relations website could be deemed to be material information. We encourage investors, the media and others interested in the company to visit this website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management’s views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the global markets in which we operate, a significant data breach or other disruption to our technology infrastructure, the ongoing impact of the June 27 cyberattack affecting TNT Express, our ability to successfully integrate the businesses and operations of FedEx Express and TNT Express in the expected time frame, changes in fuel prices or currency exchange rates, our ability to match capacity to shifting volume levels, new U.S. domestic or international government regulation, our ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage acquired businesses, our ability to achieve our FedEx Express segment profit improvement goal, legal challenges or changes related to owner-operators engaged by FedEx Ground and the drivers providing services on their behalf, disruptions or modifications in service by, or changes in the business or financial soundness of, the U.S. Postal Service, the impact from any terrorist activities or international conflicts and other factors which can be found in FedEx Corp.’s and its subsidiaries’ press releases and FedEx Corp.’s filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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